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Published 28/07/2016

Final place: Graeme McCarter set to play for CSN
Final place: Graeme McCarter set to play for CSN

Graeme McCarter is set to play in the AJG Challenge Cup final for Civil Service North tomorrow as a batsman, despite being ruled out of the Northern Knights team for Sunday's Inter-provincial Cup match in Dublin.

McCarter has a back injury but trained last night and batted without pain and is hoping that Cricket Ireland give him the go-ahead to take his place in the glamour game of the NCU season, when CSN face CIYMS at Comber. However, he is not allowed to bowl.

The Knights named their team last night for their second 50-over game of the season, against Leinster Lightning at Rathmines, and it includes Waringstown's Adam Dennison for the first time this season after the Under-19 batsman's fall-out with former coach Craig Hogan at the World Cup finals in Bangladesh in February.

Dennison's return is timely as he can replace injured team-mate James McCollum at the top of the batting order. Also back in favour is North Down batsman Alistair Shields. He gets an instant recall after he scored 91 not out in Saturday's Premier League game against Lisburn, while Nathan Smith comes in for the unavailable Phil Eaglestone.

Northern Knights: J Shannon (capt), A Dennison, C Dougherty, S Getkate, R McKinley, J Mulder, L Nelson, A Shields, Nat Smith, Nik Smith, R Theron, G Thompson.

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